The Nearly Men | Ep. 1: Willkommen

Sky Blue Thinking couldn’t have gone much worse for Stephen van der Hagen, as the rains in Spain fell mainly on the err… hills. A horrendous La Liga campaign culminated in a firing shortly after the New Year, and there was little joy to be had in Europe either as Celta were trounced by the mighty Zorya and Viktoria Plzeň, crashing out at the group stage.

The former Dutch international has found solace in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, noted for its former prowess in coal mining and steel and, according to Wikipedia at least, its preparation for nuclear disaster. There must be something about industrial powerhouses that attracts such a liberal, artistic individual.

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